Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 2 – Day 1, Yau Char Kwai, Crabs & Wantan Mee

Con’t from part 1…

After visiting the riverside, we head on for wantan mee and got here slightly after 8pm, parking was a bit tough here. The wantan mee stall is located in a food court along Jalan Temenggong. When we got there, tables are filled up and not of them are eating… then I was told the wantan mee stall are still preparing for business and won’t be ready until 8.45pm and those people are all there waiting for it to start serving!

Since our stomach are making a lot of noise, we decided not to wait and head on for crabs. So we got back to our wheels and moved on to Lu Yeh Yen for crabs at Jalan Bunga Raya. As we are heading to Lu Yeh Yen from my truck, we decided to buy some yau char kwai at the famous stall outside Restoran Mei Sin. Its 50 cents per piece but I was told price have increased and the size have been reduced a lot. But the crowd is still there, no doubt the yau char kwai are really good and crispy.

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Yau Char Kwai Stall @ Bunga Raya
GPS: N2 12.060 E102 15.093

Lu Yeh Yen is a crab place next to a temple and it’s actually extend partially into the temple’s compound for outdoor seating area. Our first impression was… ermm… can eat crabs in temple one meh? Sky explains or maybe con, I am not sure, haha… that the temple are Taoism, that’s why is ok. Anyway Lu Yeh Yen seems to be a popular and well recognised place as you can see the various awards it showcase on its wall.

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We didn’t want a full course meals, since we are reserving some supper space for wantan mee. So Sky ordered 1kg plus (3 small crabs) of chili crabs and another 1kg plus of salt baked crabs. We also ordered some ‘mantao’ (steamed buns) and ‘loh mai fan’ (gluotunous rice) to supplement the crabs since Ed is trying to avoid seafood because of his healing wounds, but heck, I keep telling him, you need poison to cure poison :P. Then suddenly no matter how good the crabs are, we just pretend it sucks for Ed sake.. hehehe.

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Service was a bit slow here and we had to wait really long for the food to come. Lucky we got Sor J (ex-10.60, now new nick for him) to entertain us and he keeps going back to the yau char kwai stall to hassle the owner to fried yau char kwai for him and they reject his RM5 notes because its slightly torned.

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When we got to a point that we are quite unset with the wait for the food, it finally arrived. The chili crabs was good, sauce is nice, not too salty nor spicy, just right but not worth the wait. Then the salt baked crabs come, then the wait becomes worth it. The crabs retains its sweet flavour inside while the exterior are covered lightly with salt and a slight bbq aroma, its really one of the best salt baked crabs most of us have tasted (yet we told Ed its not nice to make him feel better :P). The gluotunous rice is not bad too, doesn’t stick too much and tasted really good. Total damage is RM131.00, quite expensive but at least tasted really good. The small crabs here are RM40 per kg while the big one is RM50-52 per kg, can’t remember exactly but looks like its still cheaper to eat crabs in KL.

Restoran Lu Yeh Yen
No.154A, Jalan Bunga Raya,
75000 Melaka.
Tel: 06-2817282
GPS: N2 12.032 E102 15.095

After filling ourselves up and quite tired from our day, we decided to quickly complete our last stop, back to the wantan mee at Bukit Cina. Parking was a hassle and by now, the food court are filled with people. You can now see the wantan mee stall in full swing action, the lady boss is busy scolding the workers, the husband is just making the noodles like nothing is happening and a lot of tables are waiting for the noodles. This I was told is a norm at this place. After a while chatting and laughing the night away, our food arrived. I got the dried wantan noodles with chili, I think this makes its special, the others looks normal. My dried chili wantan mee are spicy with siew yok (roast pork) and char siew (bbq pork) on top. We also have a bowl of braised chicken feets and mushrooms to share.

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The noodles have less “kan sui” (an alkaline salt mixture) taste which are normally used to improve the texture of the noodles but doesn’t taste good! Besides that, I think the only thing that makes it different are the chili sauce on to the dry wantan noodles, which give it a little hint of spicy taste which I am quite fond of :). Chicken feets are braised really soft but not enough taste to me, maybe I am spoilt by my mum’s braised chicken feets :P.

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How much does the wantan mee cost? No idea, haha… I just gave Sky a RM50 note to cover and he just return some change to me… Sky want to comment on pricing?

Wantan Mee @ Bukit Cina
GPS: N2 11.704 E102 15.271

After our yummy supper and a whole evening of good makan, we head back to Sky & Miharu’s place to bunk for the night. Unfortunately for me… I was being bugged by mosquitoes the whole night, keeping me awake, I wonder how come Sor J didn’t get much mozzies bites… I have a theory… maybe 1 mozzie went to bite Sor J and died instantly after sucking his blood.. then the rest decided to just live with high cholesterol than instant death and bite me instead? 😛

Con’t in part 3…

Links:

Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 1 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 2 – Day 1
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 3 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 4 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 5 – Day 2
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 6 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 7 – Day 3
Peninsula Malaysia Makan Trip 2.5 – Part 8- Day 3 & 4

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